Joliet Junior College’s tradition of welcoming and celebrating diversity continues with its 2017 celebration of Black History Month.
This year’s on-campus celebration will include a public forum titled “Black People & Africa,” on Friday, Feb. 17, and a Joliet Gospel Choir performance on Wednesday, Feb. 23.
All events are free, open to the public, and will be held on the Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
Director of Multicultural Student Affairs Michelle Roman-Garcia said celebrating Black History Month gives students the opportunity to learn and recognize the wide-ranging roles African-Americans have played in U.S. history and the vibrancy and achievement of the community today.
“Celebrating the contributions African-Americans have made to the development of the United States is critically important on a global scale,” she said. “Far too often, the contributions of people of color are left out of the narrative leaving society with a limited perspective of how people from other walks of life, faiths, and backgrounds have been instrumental in building the fabric of this great nation. By remembering this rich history, we not only honor black historic leaders, we create an awareness of all that has been achieved through much struggle and perseverance and more importantly that black history is part of our collective journey as citizens of this great nation.”
Below is a calendar of additional events celebrating 2017 Black History Month:
Dinner & A Movie: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m., A-1061
Attendees will view the film “Selma” over a delicious soul food dinner. A discussion will follow the film. Please reserve your seat in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Space is limited.
Black People & Africa: Friday, Feb. 17, Noon to 1:30 p.m., Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Presentation Room
Attendees will talk about the relationship between black people in America and African immigrants living in America. The public will also have an opportunity to share their stories about being a part of the African-American community.
HIV in the Black Community: Wednesday, Feb. 22, Noon to 1:00 p.m., A-1115
The panel discussion will showcase the Regional Care Representatives as they will speak about the existence of HIV in minority communities.
Joliet Gospel Choir: Wednesday, Feb. 23, Noon to 1 p.m., JJC Bridge
Listen to cultural and inspirational gospel selections performed by JJC and Joliet High School gospel choirs.
The History of Africa: Thursday, Feb. 28, Noon to 1:30 p.m., A-1061
This will be an oral presentation of African Americans that have contributed to the fabric of U.S. history. Please bring a dish to share.